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The Hero of Ages: Book Three of Mistborn Mass Market Paperback – April 28, 2009
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This adventure brings the Mistborn epic fantasy trilogy (after 2007's The Well of Ascension) to a dramatic and surprising climax. Tricked into releasing the evil spirit Ruin while attempting to close the Well of Ascension, new emperor Elend Venture and his wife, the assassin Vin, are now hard-pressed to save the world from Ruin's deadly Inquisitors, the insidious lethal mists called the Deepness and the increasingly heavy falls of black ash that threaten to bury the land and starve its inhabitants. As the duo search for the last of the former emperor's cache of atium, source of the strongest Mistborn energies, they battle Ruin's forces as well as monsters and prophetic powers. Sanderson's saga of consequences offers complex characters and a compelling plot, asking hard questions about loyalty, faith and responsibility. (Oct.)
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The Lord Ruler is dead, and Elend Venture is working on consolidating his rule. But the mist is becoming actively dangerous, ash falls almost constantly, and brutal earthquakes are shaking the world apart. The subtle, nearly omniscient Ruin is infiltrating both Elend’s army and his opponents. Fortunately, the stubborn Vin vows to discover a way to destroy him. When failure seems imminent, help comes from unexpected quarters. Sanderson pulls loose ends together, explains vague prophecies, and produces the Hero of Ages, and the Mistborn trilogy (The Final Empire, 2006; The Well of Ascension, 2007; and this book) concludes satisfactorily. --Regina Schroeder --This text refers to the Preloaded Digital Audio Player edition.
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The story picks up two years after in last book and the characters have undergone some changes though at heart they are obviously the same. Some characters, like Spook, gain in importance and personality and, as May be expected, others are dealing with their emotional reactions to the trials they have been through to this point. This may be Sanderson's greatest strength as story-teller... his characters actually CARE that they are going through unusual circumstances and it actually affects their personalities and emotions. There is no blithely murdering tens or hundreds of individuals and grabbing a beer to wash down the blood.
My dad came across this books, we had recently read Patrick Rothfuss Kingkiller Chronicles, and my dad quickly found these. He unlike myself, really dived in. It took me a bit to get started with the first book but then I was hooked. As soon as they were jumping through the sky and really using their metals I didn't want it to end. Anyway, my dad finished the books before me. And I was getting really really close to the end. I only had 55 pages left. 55 pages, and a Ton if confusing thoughts and half asked questions. And I didn't know what to do. I thought to myself "How is Sanderson suppose to answer my questions! How is there only 55 pages left! I must have gotten the abridged version or something!" There was no way their could only be 55 pages left. But that was it. The mesley 55 pages. But he did it. Sanderson did what I seemed to be impossible. And he did it brilliantly.
In truth I should have realized that Sanderson is fantastic with endings. Especially since he did so well with the last two books.
And it all just makes so much sense. Its just pure genius.
I discovered this author by hearing that he had been chosen to finish Robert Jordan's last Wheel of Time novel. I started reading Sanderson's books because I wanted to assure myself that Jordan's family had chosen a writer who could finish the saga successfully. Now I realize that writing Jordan's last book is a waste of Sanderson's talents; he should be writing his *own* books. I positively cannot wait to see what Sanderson's next book, or series of books, will be. I also want to sit down and re-read the Mistborn trilogy over again from the beginning; the first two books will be an entirely different reading experience, now that I understand the truth.
My heart, and my mind, explode with each book. What gifts he gives us, in these amazing people he has created: Sazed, Vin, Eland, TenSoon, Spook.
Books like these change your life.
Thank you, sir.
If there was one piece of important advice from Nikki while reading this series (and really, all of her advice was important and very true), it was that don't think you know what's going on in this series because Brandon Sanderson will flip everything upside down. This sounds devastating and I'm not gonna lie... at times it was. But it was also SO incredibly amazing to see what happened with this series. Try as I might, I never could have guessed the turns this book or series would take and how it would end and I'M SO GLAD because any time I hear that something astounding is coming, I always wonder and try to think what it could possibly be so I always say KUDOS to an author when they come up with something that never even entered my brain as a possibility.
Okay, that being said, let's get into the nitty gritty. I actually immediately started THE HERO OF AGES after I finished THE WELL OF ASCENSION because I could not put this series down. I've only recently been getting into adult fantasy and if you're a fantasy fan in general, I urge you to read this series! The characters are wonderful, the plot is thrilling, and the story is just utterly addicting. My mind was totally blown at the end of THE WELL OF ASCENSION and I was instantly fist-pumping upon beginning THE HERO OF AGES. Okay, so putting my feelings for this book into words isn't the most eloquent review I've ever written because all I can think of to say is: Everything is so awesome. Feelings for the characters multiplied, answers to series-long questions are revealed, characters in mortal peril, the finale of the trilogy approaching -- whew. It's enough to induce panic and joy all at the same time.
I think the most exciting thing about this book was not only all of the answers to some HUGE questions (Who is the Hero of Ages? What happened at the Well of Ascension? What's up with the atium? HOW WILL THE SERIES END?) but also all the answers I DIDN'T know I needed. I absolutely love when things pop up from the very beginning of the first book and turn out to be SUPER IMPORTANT and you just didn't even realize the significance.
Honestly, the plotting and world building are just amazing. I'm constantly impressed by the magic system (well systemS!) and how each one continues to reveal some secrets as the series progresses as well as different takes on similar magic systems (how Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy all tie into each other and yet are all very different). THE WORLD BUILDING, THOUGH. Honestly, the readers learn SO much more about literal world building and how everything ended up the way it is (the mists, the ashmounts, the Well of Ascension... everything) and the answers just killed me in the best way.
The characters continued to grow on me and I wish I could have followed them through endless books and series. There IS a sort of spin-off series that takes place 300 years after the events of this trilogy and I honestly hunted for mentions of this time frame and these characters like a hawk trying to hold on to pieces of them. I just fell in love with absolutely everything.
So my final apologies for complete incoherence (and constant updates) about the Mistborn trilogy, but really, this is a series I will recommend for life. I'm already wondering when I'll start re-reads but that's also quite the re-read! I am SO happy that I read these books and that I had a fan-base to flail and laugh and cry with as I read.